Siobhan and Andrew’s magical festivity of love and fairy lights, with John Colson Photography
Two of my very best friends were married at this adorable little barn wedding venue in 2016. It was wonderful to see the place again when lovely Siobhan and Andrew’s wedding appeared in my inbox… the fairy lights took me right back to my friends’ wedding. Those of you who’ve been following the blog for a little while will know I live on the edge of the Lake District; the mountains are my second home and so today’s real wedding couldn’t be more perfect for the beginning of the year.
“I did the flowers myself. I went to New Covent Garden market one very early Saturday morning and bought enough silk flowers to make my bouquet and the two bridesmaids bouquets. I have never done anything like that before and I was fairly pleased with the outcome.”
Siobhan is so, so beautiful. Do watch out for her rocking that gorgeous dress on the dancefloor – where the twinkling fairy lights really do come into their own!
“I wanted a dress that suited the time of year and being so close to NYE, I thought a gown style with some sparkle would be perfect and it didn’t disappoint. My dress was by Stella York and I bought it from Wedding Frox.
I borrowed earrings and bracelets from my sister in law, as my something borrowed and I bought my shoes in New York a few months before the big day. I saw them and just knew they were the perfect pair!
Andrew wore a fully tailored suit from Paul Smith.
The images of this beautiful Lake District wedding are by John Colson Photography, who is based in Worcestershire but photographs UK and destination weddings. You can discover more from him here:
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How did you choose your photographer?
We found John via the venue
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We were thrilled with the photographs, so much so that we found it hard to select which ones to get framed. Not only were the pictures wonderful but John was a delight in the lead up and on the day.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were very excited. We sat back and plugged the USB into the TV, so we could sit back and take it all in. I remember how much we smiled and reminisced about the day. It was a lovely moment as husband and wife.
New House Farm, Lorton, Cumbria
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A magical festivity of love and fairy lights!
Your wedding style or theme:
White winter wedding with accents of gold and silver. Under an umbrella of fairly lights and twinkling candle light.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Via the venues own “the list” which were recommendations from past brides
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Don’t be afraid to negotiate!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The music, the food and the wine!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I work at a design agency, so I was lucky enough to have a colleague design and print them for me
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My two bridesmaids chose their own dresses, my only ask was that they were navy. They both look gorgeous on the day.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My hair and makeup was done by a local girl called Lucy Watson. She was one of the girls on the morning of the big day, lots of giggles and girlie chats….just perfect!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue came completely blank, so I was able to add my own style to everything, which is just what I wanted. We chose the carpet colour, the size of the tables, the style of the chairs and all of the lighting too! It came together just as I imagined it would and everyone said it looked wonderful.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
The bridesmaids and I made all the favours ourselves. I wanted to give every guest their own personalised bauble, which also doubled up as a place name on the day. We ordered baubles, feathers, glitter, ribbon and planned a girls night in where we drank wine and made 80 odd baubles with everyone’s name hand written on them. They turned out beautifully.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We didn’t have a wedding cake
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had an incredible band called Uptown Funk.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Enjoy every moment because it flashes by so fast.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being able to call Andrew my husband